Definitions for: Wasteful


[adj] laying waste; "when wasteful war shall statues overturn"- Shakespeare
[adj] inefficient in use of time and effort and materials; "a clumsy and wasteful process"; "wasteful duplication of effort"; "uneconomical ebb and flow of power"
[adj] tending to squander and waste



Webster (1913) Definition: Waste"ful, a.
1. Full of waste; destructive to property; ruinous; as,
wasteful practices or negligence; wasteful expenses.

2. Expending, or tending to expend, property, or that which
is valuable, in a needless or useless manner; lavish;
prodigal; as, a wasteful person; a wasteful disposition.

3. Waste; desolate; unoccupied; untilled. [Obs.]

In wilderness and wasteful desert strayed.
--Spenser.

Syn: Lavish; profuse; prodigal; extravagant. --
Waste"ful*ly, adv. -- Waste"ful*ness, n.

Synonyms: destructive, extravagant, inefficient, pound-foolish, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift, uneconomic, uneconomical

Antonyms: thrifty

See Also: improvident

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